By Al Benson Jr.
Over the past couple years I have done a couple articles dealing with Christian warfare. Awhile back I did one called “Christmas as War” and just recently I did one called “Worship as Holy War.”
Christian warfare (spiritual warfare) is something Christians need to become more aware of and more willing to participate in.
For far too many decades now we have bought into the “gentle Jesus meek and mild” fable which, basically, emasculates Christian warriors to the point where they feel they dare not fight back against anything anti-Christian, lest they “offend” some unbeliever out there. The picture of Jesus making a whip of cords and overturning the tables of the moneychangers that were set up in the court of the gentiles in the temple and chasing them out is one many Christians would prefer to ignore, or better yet pretend it never happened.
The Jesus that so strongly denounced the Pharisees and Scribes in Matthew 23 is one that is seldom mentioned and I don’t doubt that there are some Christians out there that might be tempted to feel that He offended the “chosen people” and should not have denounced them for their hypocrisy because, after all, they were Jews, and some believers think that you have to support the Jews no matter what. If you look at the majority of the opposition to Jesus’ ministry in the Gospels you have to conclude that it came from the Jewish religious leaders, and the same for the Book of Acts. These are historical accounts of Jesus’ life and the beginnings of the Church, and when they say that the Jewish religious establishment opposed Jesus and His ministry they are telling you the truth. Christians need to quit apologizing for Pharisees and Zionists!
So, to add to what, by now, some will have considered a negative commentary on my part, let me put fourth the thought that the Lord’s Prayer was, indeed, holy war. Just some of the wording leads me to this conclusion.
For instance, we are to pray: Our Father which are in heaven, hallowed be thy name. In other words, the God of Heaven and earth is to be revered and honored above all other “gods”—be they the false gods of other religions or the false gods of the New World Order or the men who finance and promote the New World Order. All of these false gods are to submit to the rule of the One True God—and even though they refuse to do it now, they will some day. Read Psalm 2.
And then Jesus taught his disciples to pray Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.. I have sometimes wondered if we realize the true impact of what we are asking for. We know the Lord’s will is done in heaven, but we are asking Him to also do it here, where we are. I wonder if, in our asking for that, we begin to realize that, in part, we are asking Him to use us to help complete that task. We are asking Him to use us to expose and combat evil and evil men (Ephesians 5:11). The Lord will accomplish His will on the earth, but he will use His people to do much of that through the Holy Spirit, because that’s the only possible way we can do it. In our own strength we’d be less than useless, but we are told “greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.” Sometimes I don’t think we believe that. The church seems content, in many cases, to remain a little sub-culture somewhere rather than attempting to contend for the faith “once delivered to the saints.” Our adversaries have, in many cases, neutralized us to the point where we think all we should be doing is passing out Gospel tracts and telling people about John 3:16. Now I’m not knocking Gospel tracts. I’ve passed them out myself, sent them to people who subscribed to my newsletter at times, and I am certainly not knocking John 3:16, but there is more to contending for the faith than that. If we stop there it’s like quitting after the first round of the fight. There’s more to come but we ain’t there for it.
We are asking the Lord to use us to help bring in His Kingdom in on earth and part of that might involve us having to get involved in “dirty” politics or promoting Christian education and exposing anti-Christian education for what it is and where it comes from. The textbook protest in Kanawha County, West Virginia over thirty six years ago now was a good example of this. Some Christians stood up and did what they should have. Others sat it out.
Part of helping to bring in His Kingdom and doing His will on earth could involve us having to learn enough real history about our foundations and culture so that we are able to stand up and combat those prevaricators who lie to us about where we came from and why. We might have to learn some unpleasant truths about some of the wars this country has fought in and the real reasons for them, because, believe it or not, they still impact where we live today. History has consequences and if we refuse to learn from the gross errors committed in the past we are condemned to repeat many of them and they wonder why. This may fluster some folks, but I’m going to say it anyway. Part of the reason Christians in this country are not helping to build God’s Kingdom more effectively is because we don’t know our history. Our vision of our past is foggy and so we have a hazy idea of where we as Christians should be going and we are often bemused by slick talkers into wanting government at various levels to do what we should be doing.
And we ask the Lord to deliver us from evil.. We don’t realize the implications of that either.What are we asking for deliverance from? That’s something we need to think and learn about and it’s a lot more serious than being delivered from the problems with gossipy old Mrs. Jones down the street. Are we asking the Lord to deliver us from the present World System when we are not willing to contend for our Christian culture against that world system?
And then, at the end of the prayer we say For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. We are affirming the truth that God’s Kingdom is above and will prevail over all the machinations of the New World Order, the CFR/Trilateral Commission, all the Romneys, Obamas, Kissingers, Rockefellers, Lincolns, and all the rest. But He will often use us to make some of that happen, even if we don’t live to see the results of what He had us do. He expects us to do something with the truth He has shown us in so many areas.
I just noticed today that someone had sent me an article from http://www.infowars.com that was titled: “Rockefellers Preside Over Creation Of Global Journalist Group To ‘Advance Reporting On Religion.’” Supposedly the Rockefeller Foundation is concerned that religious issues are not being reported on in an unbiased manner and so they will help to resolve that thorny issue—supposedly. So you’ll probably get more “unbiased” reporting on Muslim issues and those of other infidel groups and stories about how Christians need to be more “multicultural” in their approach to dealing with others. You’ve all heard it before.
You’d better believe that the apostates and One Worlders realize the implications of For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory better than most Christians do and they are working to make sure that a bemused and confused Christendom learns to apply that prayer to them rather than to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
So the church needs to get off its “rapture” couch or out of its “God is in control so I don’t have to do anything” chair and get busy. Sure the Lord is in control and sure He will return one day, but in the meantime He expects His church to be out there contending with the world in all areas of life and looking at the possible implications of the prayer He gave us to pray.